March 19, 2017

Chong’s Restaurant

Chong’s is located on the south side of Kingsway and Slocan.  We went there for dim sum a few times during February and were able to compile a nice sample of different dishes that we tried during our separate visits.

Their dim sums are value priced. Most are about $3.50 each.  Some congees are included on their dim sum menu too.  You can also order fried rice or fried noodle dishes for $8 which was value priced as well for the size that you get.  The restaurant is not very large so dim sum service will be busy on weekends.

Menu:

Back of menu:

Prawn Dumplings were decent sized:

Steamed Pork Dumplings: My mom always orders this. I’m not a big fan as I feel most places make it with fatty pork right?

BBQ Pork Bun: Pork was lean and the steamed bun was nice and fluffy.

Beef Tendon: The flavor was good but the tendons were all too rough and chewy, meaning they did not steam it long enough to make it tender. 

Pan Fried Taro cake: This was so-so because it was not pan fried long enough.  Normally the outside should be golden brown.  Furthermore it did not have enough taro.

Stuffed Eggplant:  These were good as they were generous with the eggplant and they were cooked soft.

Dried Scallops and Egg White Fried Rice: Thumbs on on this as they did not overuse oil to fry the rice.  The rice was nice and tender (using overnight refrigerated rice) just as it should be.

Singapore Fried Rice Noodle:  The rice noodles were all broken to small pieces and it was not spicy enough.  Unfortunately the pork used was not flavored enough so it had a bit of an unpleasant ‘swine’ taste to it that was a bit overwhelming. Size wise it was big for $8.

Dried Fish and Peanut Congee: Their congees are quite superb. They do not use a lot of MSG and the congee itself had the right thickness to it.

Chinese Doughnut Wrapped in Rice Roll: It was about a half doughnut.  The rice roll was a bit too thick and chewy though.

Finally, Fried Mini Sesame Balls: These ones are hollow without any filling.  It was crispy but could have used a bit more sugar.

Overall the dim sum visits to Chong’s were pleasant.  Despite some of the dishes not up to par, you still get great value and get to try a variety of dim sum without breaking your wallet.  Don’t let the cheap price deter you because you get some pretty decent dim sum that is comparable to more expensive places.

SFDD gives 3.5 out of 5 Delights.

Chong's Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

March 2, 2017

Gringo Bandito Super Hot and Pizza

As mentioned, we will now try out the super hot version of the Gringo Bandito hot sauce.  This one has a deeper orange color that makes it look rather menacing.

As soon as we opened the bottle, we immediately smelled the hot pepper flavour filling our nostrils.  We knew right away that this bottle is going to be super hot just from the scent.  We poured out a bit to sample and it had a relatively thick texture.

We decided to pair this with a Delissio Rustic Greek Pizza.

This is a meatless pizza so having some hot sauce will give it an extra kick.  We started small with just a few drops on the slice of pizza.   The super hot sauce was rather powerful.  For me, my body heated up right away and I felt a bit of sweat on the top of my head after a few bites of the pizza with the hot sauce. 

The bottle did not lie when it describes itself as being super hot.  If you are going to try this, don’t put too much otherwise it may over dominate the food you are spicing up.  I think putting in a few drops was strong enough to kick up your food  few notches.

The most hottest flavoring I’ve tried in the past was some curry that was so hot, it literally makes your tongue and cheek go numb.  The Gringo is not quite that hot but I think it is quite close.  If you are a brave hot sauce eater, then I can picture you dousing more of this on your food if you don’t mind sweating bullets.

This certainly is the next level to the other Gringo Bandito hot sauce we tried previously.  How hot is this Super Hot version? On a scale of 10, we think this is an 8.5.

It’s a good sauce which we will need to be careful with by not being too generous when dousing on food.

SFDD gives 4 out of 5 Delights.

February 18, 2017

Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce - Hot Wings!

As promised, we are delighted to test out some Gringo Bandito hot sauce. First up, hot wings using some Gringo Bandito hot sauce.  Out of the three hot sauces we have available, we thought we should play it safe first by selecting the milder version.  Along for the ride is about half a pound of juicy wings.

We kept the preparation simple by not adding any other flavours except for just a pinch of salt when preparing the wings because we wanted to get a better idea of how the hot sauce tastes.  We first precooked the wings by themselves in the oven by cooking it for 30 minutes @ 375 F.

Afterwards, we doused about 5 tablespoons of Gringo hot sauce on a frying pan to heat it up.  This hot sauce appears thicker than some other similar sauces so it is easy to work with later on when we add the wings.  Looking closer at the sauce, we can also see some of the spices used to make the sauce. 

We then transferred the wings directly from the oven into the hot pan.  We mixed the sauce all over the wings for about 3 minutes.   We then transferred the wings back into the oven and cooked it for another 5 minutes @ 375 F to let the sauce sink into the wings a bit more.

The result:

 

The wings are now a deep dark orange flavour and completely dominated by Gringo hot sauce’s aroma.

The taste?  We were quite impressed that the sauce was able to flavour the chicken wings so well.  Note that we did not use any other ingredients to marinade.  The wings were not bland at all thanks to the hot sauce.  We think the reason is because the sauce is not just ‘hot’, but instead has some unique flavors built in which is probably some secret spice recipe.

How hot is the sauce?  On a scale of 10, we would say 6.5 to 7.

We are looking forward to trying this sauce more later on when we get a chance.

SFDD gives 4 out of 5 Delights.

February 9, 2017

White Spot - Richmond Bridgeport

White Spot opened up their newest Richmond location where the old Ikea building used to be along Bridgeport road.  It’s located amongst several other big furniture stores around the area.

This White Spot has a large bar area and is more brighter than some of the other locations we’ve visited in the past.  It was a Wednesday evening when we visited this location so it was rather quiet.

We ordered a fish taco with Cesar salad.  The fish taco comes in a pair with salsa and tartar sauce.

The fish tacos were crispy and similar to other locations.  The fish was cooked well and remained moist inside.  The salad could have used some more sauce though.

Next we ordered the fish and chips (with Spot salad instead).  This was currently on special for $12 along with some other popular White Spot dishes.

The salad veggies were quite fresh.  The house dressing appears to have changed again as this time it was really thick.  The fish batter here is a bit different than other locations.  It’s better because it’s a lighter and fluffier so it was not as filling and did not feel as oily.  The fish was cooked perfectly.

This location was understaffed this evening.  Although there were not a lot of tables, there appeared to be only 1 or 2 servers running around handling the whole restaurant.  Thus, it took a long time to get a hold of our server whenever we needed extra water or napkins. We then had to sit around for a long time waiting for the bill, then waiting for the server to bring the credit card machine.  

We don’t blame the server at all because she was truly busy.  We do hope that management does a better job in arranging enough staff.  Another quick solution is not to seat customers so far apart.  Perhaps close one area, and have everyone sit in one section so the servers don’t have to run around so much.

SFDD gives 3.5 out of 5 Delights.

White Spot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dairy Queen - Richmond

Richmond used to have several Dairy Queens around but over the years they all just disappeared for different reasons.  We were very happy that a new Dairy Queen opened up along Francis and No 3 road.

Actually it’s not a new DQ, it was moved here from the Cooney road location since we recognized the owner.

This place is quite busy, maybe because it’s the only DQ in Richmond.  We went in the evening around 7pm to try out their $6/$7 meals and there was quite a line up throughout our stay.

We ordered the $6 deluxe cheeseburger meals which came with a soft drink, fries and a small sundae.  You can pay a little more to upgrade your sundae to a Blizzard.

The burgers are made to order and contained fresh lettuce and a slice of tomato.  The burger patty seems to be a leaner than other places so it was not dripping with oil like other fast food burgers. The beef was lightly seasoned.

The fries were very golden with a nice crisp outside, and it was soft and fluffy inside.  It was like the frying oil used was freshly changed.

Finally the best part of DQ, here are the strawberry and chocolate sundaes.  Although they were a ‘small’ size, it is actually quite big and is a nice treat to have after the burger and fries.

The food and ice cream were good, but I think this location is understaffed.  The owner/manager was the only person handling the orders at the till. She was also the one delivering the food to the tables.  Hence, the wait in line was very long and others were also getting impatient. 

We asked for the ice cream for ‘later’, so we had to line up again to get the ice cream which took almost 15 minutes due to the line up.

The bottleneck was at the till, because once you place your order, the food didn’t take that long to come out as the kitchen and ice cream stations were staffed with enough people.

We hope this DQ location improves the queuing system next time we visit as the wait was rather unreasonable.

SFDD gives 3.5 out of 5 Delights.

Dairy Queen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato